10 August 2013 ~ 18 Comments

Pimsleur Spanish Program: The Definitive Review

Many people including me have used the Pimsleur language program to learn a foreign language. Here I am going to give you my super-definitive, 1300+ word review of the Pimsleur Spanish program, and by the end of it, you will have a good idea of what to expect. Why I Am Uniquely Qualified In 2010, […]

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05 July 2012 ~ 14 Comments

How I Read Portuguese After Just One Week Of Study

I recently wrote a post outlining my practical hacking Portuguese plan. It really is very practical, because it includes some of the programs and instructional materials I am using. To this point I have been pretty lazy, but still have been picking up some Portuguese. A couple weeks ago I was Facebook messaging (i.e. not […]

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13 June 2012 ~ 9 Comments

My Practical Hacking Portuguese Plan

So, you perhaps you’ve read I’m headed to Brazil soon. Very soon. In fact, when you read this I will already be there. I need to learn Portuguese fast. I don’t have time for dilly-dally, clicking pictures, or time-consuming, low-yield efforts at learning the language. I need a plan to hack it, and hack it […]

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13 May 2012 ~ 5 Comments

Fluency vs. Proficiency (And Why It Matters)

If you read this blog, you probably know I have been learning Spanish. It has been my first attempt to learn a foreign language in a functional, life-enhancing way, which would enable me to play, live, and do business comfortably in Latin America (among other things). I’ve discovered some things that work, and some things […]

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20 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

How To Learn Spanish Fast

All right, I’m going to tell you how to learn Spanish fast, and by fast, I mean about 10 times faster than your average sit-and-soak classroom setting. I’m planning on writing a lot more about how I’ve hacked Spanish, so make sure you subscribe via email at the end of the post, or grab the […]

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27 December 2010 ~ 12 Comments

How I Accomplished My 2010 New Year’s Resolution and What I Learned In The Process

I did it. This past weekend I completed the final lesson in Pimsleur Spanish 3. This was a New Year’s resolution of mine that I kept, with a week to spare before the end of 2010. It was not easy… It was tedious at times. It was boring at times. It was annoying at times… […]

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17 December 2010 ~ 28 Comments

Your Time is Now.

About 3 months ago, a man I knew of, with no history of health problems, suddenly passed away in his sleep one night. According to the postmortem autopsy, he had major unknown heart problems and would have needed a heart transplant had he survived the night. I did not know the man very well, but […]

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26 November 2010 ~ 15 Comments

How Fast Can You Really Learn Spanish?

How Fast Can You Really Learn Spanish?

As you may know, I am attempting to learn Spanish in preparation for my trip to Colombia. I have really been working hard at it during the last 2 weeks… trying to avoid things that slow me down, and often studying over an hour a day. Now, if you think about it, an hour a […]

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31 October 2010 ~ 10 Comments

5 Ways You Are Slowing Your Progress To Fluency

5 Ways You Are Slowing Your Progress To Fluency

The past few weeks I have been studying Spanish pretty hard. It really feels like working out. I literally feel tired after an hour of intensive study. My method has mainly been the Pimsleur audio program and LiveMocha courses in Spanish, and occasionally I have a Skype conversation with a native Spanish speaker. I am […]

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09 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Overcoming the Dips in Learning Spanish

As of this writing, I have completed Spanish 1 and am in the middle of Spanish 2 of Pimsleur’s Spanish. Learning Spanish has been taking a long time, however. It has been nearly 6 months since I started, and –granted I am not living in a Spanish speaking country yet– I thought learning Spanish would […]

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